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One of the harsh realities women gifted in leadership, ministry, preaching and teaching in the Churches of Christ face  is that often, they must choose between the church that raised them up, taught them and formed them in their Christian faith, and the call of God to serve the church fully with all of their gifts and self. The Churches of Christ have lost many gifted and dedicated women who have, out of necessity, followed the call of God to serve elsewhere. Incredibly, their gifts and voices are barely missed–because, as one among this number has said, their gifts and voices were never really present, fully used, or appreciated in the first place.

Many men, as well, have found that their support of gender justice in the church has forced them to choose between the integrity of their ministry and the church they seek to serve. Their exodus from the Churches of Christ carries its own weighty witness, for they chose the welfare of the church and of the women silenced within it over their own.

This page is an attempt to honor those women and men: to honor their courage in following the call of God; to make public and grieve our loss of their presence and service in our midst.


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2) registered users will see an “edit” tab on the right side of the wiki frame

3) click on the edit tab and add name (if not your own, please be sure you have permission!)

4) include current denominational affiliation, title and/or a link to current ministry or vocation.

5) click “save” at the bottom of the page!

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Exodus: the ones called elsewhere


Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber (ELCA), founding pastor of House of All Sinners and Saints

Rev. Julie Mavity Maddalena (UCC),  PhD candidate in Christian Ethics at SMU

Marti McMahon Stanley (DoC), Youth Minister at First Christian Church

Travis Stanley (DoC), Associate Minister at First Christian Church, Abilene TX

Teresa Pecinovsky (DoC), MDiv student at Vanderbilt

Quiara Hazlewood (DoC), Highland Drive Christian Church

Rev. Manda Adams (UCC), Interim Pastor at Community Christian Church UCC/DoC (Rochester, NY)

Rev. Dr. Irie Session (DoC), Senior Pastor at The Avenue-Warren Avenue Christian Church

Krystal Leedy (PCUSA), Director of Campus Ministries at University Presbyterian Church

Rev. Dr. Katie Hays (DoC), founding pastor of Galileo Church

Dr. Lance Pape (DoC), Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Brite Divinity School

Rev. Kim Seidman, Vicar, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church (Broomfield, CO)

Rebecca Kello (TEC), MDiv student at Abilene Christian University

Rev. Dr. J. Brent Bates (TEC), Rector of Grace Church in Newark, NJ

Scott Freeman, Stillwater Public Library (Stillwater, OK)

Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking, Brentwood Christian Church, Missouri State University

Dawn Gentry, Former Children’s Minister (Indianapolis, IN), MDiv student, Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Scott Lybrand (TEC), Program Director, Episcopal Charities and Community Services, Chicago IL